A Guide to Paignton

Paignton is a large seaside resort on the South coast of Devon. Located between the towns of Brixham and Torquay on TorBay. It is a traditional seaside resort therefore there is loads to see and do. For a family holiday by the sea Paignton is hard to beat. It has a wonderful blend of exciting attractions, beautiful beaches, and award-winning restaurants. There is also a wonderful selection of coastal walks in the area.

Paignton Beach
Photo Credit – Paignton Beach

The English Riviera is famous for its sub tropical climate. Therefore making it the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or a full on action packed family holiday. Paignton should be top of the list when choosing where to stay in South Devon. Visitors love the area for its long sandy beaches, colourful beach huts, friendly vibe and its traditional Victorian Pier.

Most of the activity in Paignton revolves around the promenade and the seafront. However there is a lovely town centre behind that has a great selection of shops so you’ll always be able to get what you need.


There is a large choice of places to stay in Paignton. From Grand Victorian seafront hotels to small boutique B&B’s. You are sure to find the perfect getaway location. Check out our accommodation pages for ideas on where to stay. Some of the finest hotels in the country are located here. Therefore if you choose this beautiful seaside resort as your next holiday destination you will not be disappointed.

Paignton Sands & Pier

Paignton beach offers the perfect day out for the whole family. Above all it is one of the best beaches in the UK having won Blue Flag Status. You can hire a pedalo and potter about on the calm water. Or instead you could just sit back and relax in one of the rentable deck chairs available. The beach is safe for swimming so get out your speedos and take a dip.

Paignton baech
Paignton Beach, Devon, looking towards Preston Sands

In the centre of the beach sits the Pier. The Pier offers the perfect break from sunbathing. You can find cafes, amusement arcades and a variety of rides and things to keep you entertained. Whether you are with the kids or not will enjoy your time at the Pier.

Things to Do

Paignton offers a wide variety of attractions and things to do. With everything from beautiful coastal walks to mini golf it really does have it all. There is never a dull moment when you are here as there is so much variety on offer. We have selected a few of the best things we feel are in the area but please check out our things to do listings to see everything.

Paignton Zoo Environment Park

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is one of the most popular attractions in the area. With around 2,500 animals across 80 acres, they have more species than anyone else in the South West. They also have indoor and outdoor play areas, the Jungle Express train, a seasonal bird show and numerous food and drink outlets. With something for guests of any age to enjoy, you’ll need all day to experience what they have to offer.

Paignton Zoo
Photo Credit – Paignton Zoo

Paignton Geopark

Paignton Geopark is an Unesco global key site located right on the seafront in Paignton. The park is designed around the history of the English Riviera and is split into four different zones each with their own theme and specific age group they are suitable for. From Toddlers to teenagers there is something here for children of all ages. A must visit attraction if you are visiting Paignton.

Paignton Geopark
Photo Credit – Paignton Geopark

Pirates Bay Adventure Golf

Pirates Bay Adventure golf is located right on the seafront. This outdoor attraction is certainly perfect for families or small groups. With a full 18 holes of crazy golf to enjoy in a landscaped seafront setting your are sure to have a great time here. Dodge cannonballs and evade the thieving pirates as you navigate the well manicured holes and try and beat your opponents. After that take a walk on the promenade or enjoy one of the many attractions on Paignton seafront.

Pirates Bay Adventure Golf
Photo Credit – Pirates Bay Adventure Golf

We hope you enjoy our short guide to Paignton and hope that you get the chance to sample the delights of this beautiful coastal town.